By Don Simpson | April 25, 2012
Director: Nathaniel Krause
Writer: Neil Labute
Starring: Adam Brody, Keith David, Louisa Krause
Neil Labute is the king of writing despicable characters and Double or Nothing‘s Clark (Adam Brody) is really fucking despicable. While out on a date with Becca (Louisa Krause), Clark confronts a homeless man (Keith David) and challenges him to a bet, amid a bevy of racist and classist slurs. The homeless man wins the first round, but then Clark raises the stakes with a double or nothing bet.
Double or Nothing is saturated with stinging dialogue that does not hold any punches. As much as I hate to admit it, Clark says a lot of things that privileged people think (internally) about the under-privileged; but verbalized from Clark’s hatefully snarky mouth, we realize just how horribly wrong these thoughts are. Double or Nothing is certainly not a fun or pleasant film, but the discriminatory bile might just change the way we think about the homeless population.